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FMCS Statement on Tentative Agreement Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on a tentative agreement reached just prior to midnight (PST) last evening between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest Grain Companies

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon. No talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1 so that the ILWU can resume unrelated contract negotiations in the Pacific Northwest

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene its previously scheduled Longshore Division Caucus in San Francisco. Negotiations are scheduled to resume Wednesday

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Ship’s seafaring crew in Long Beach, CA organize picket line to protest outlaw employer; request support from the ITF and ILWU

Ship’s seafaring crew in Long Beach, CA organize picket line to protest outlaw employer; request support from the ITF and ILWU

Twenty-one crewmembers serving on the Liberian-flagged vessel Vega-Reederei have organized a picket line at the Port of Long Beach, CA, to protest their employer’s failure to pay workers for up to four months of back wages.

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Bloody Thursday 1934: The strike that shook San Francisco and rocked the Pacific Coast

July 5, 2014 marks the 80th anniversary of “Bloody Thursday”, July 5, 1934, a day that shook San Francisco. The events that day inflamed the working people of San Francisco and the Bay Area. They made the great General Strike of 1934 inevitable and they set in motion a movement that would transform the western waterfronts

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

The parties have resumed negotiations following a three-day break during which the ILWU was engaged in an unrelated negotiation in the Pacific Northwest. We plan on negotiating into the weekend.

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Ad campaign warns of threat of inexperienced tug operators

Ads by Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union ‘allege safety, environmental risks brought on by lockout by grain companies,’ reports the Columbian

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

The parties have agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations on a new coast-wide contract while the ILWU attends to an unrelated negotiation taking place in the Pacific Northwest.

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PMA and ILWU Continue Talks on a New Labor Agreement as the Existing Contract Expires

Negotiations for a new labor contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will continue to move forward as the existing, six-year coast-wide labor agreement expires today at 5 p.m.

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Yuti Tuvalu: quiet leader of “Gang Uso”  

Yuti Tuvalu: quiet leader of “Gang Uso”   

Less than one month before Bonilla’s passing, another union brother, Yuti Tuvalu, passed on April 21 due to natural causes. Yuti was a member of the unofficial “Gang Uso” which is comprised of longies of Polynesian descent working on the docks. “Uso” is the Samoan word for brother. While he never held union office, Tuvalu [&hellip

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